Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Mr Randall Williams, said the R2 billion will be spent towards completing refurbishment and increase capacity at Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works.
The Mayor said on Wednesday 14 April 2021, he joined the Minister of the National Department of Water and Sanitation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, as she conducted a departmental oversight visit to the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) to evaluate the work taking place at the site.
Mr Randall said during the visits to review the progress of the Phase 1 upgrade of the Rooiwal WWTW, the Minister welcomed the significant advances that have been made on the project and was confident that the upgrade will bring the desired results of improving the water quality in Hammanskraal.
“This is a massive achievement for the city and this administration. The project is expected to cost over R2 billion and we are immensely grateful by the Minister acknowledged our efforts” he said.
Mr Randall said that it should be noted that Rooiwal Water Waste Treatment Works is the largest treatment plant in Tshwane, processing 45% of all the City’s wastewater. The plant was originally built in the 1950s with major extensions in 1975 and 1988.
“It will take time to address issues of the scale, but we determined to provide quality water to our residents and invest in infrastructure that can support generations well into the future,” he said.
Mr William said the completion of the project and full upgrading will not only eliminate the serious issues affecting Hammanskraal and surrounding areas but also provide additional wastewater treatment capacity to provide for future population and the establishment of new human settlements in the City of Tshwane for the next 20-30 years.
Mayor Randall turned down an invitation to attend a public water inquiry organized by the community in Hammanskraal on 16 April 2021.